Saturday, January 19, 2013

Melting Tights DIY

EDIT: Hayley Williams is seen wearing these tights in the Paramore Still Into You video!

I recently came across these tights from URB:

These sell for $50-$60. Some colors are even sold out! Being the frugal, DIY-obsessed craftaholic that I am, I decided to make my own for less than $5:

Here is a tutorial on how to make them:

Materials you'll need:
  • Tights/leggings
  • Cardboard
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Old Credit Card/Cardboard (optional)
  • 2 bottles (8 fl. oz. total) of 3D fabric paint
I used these that I got from the craft store... only cost me $3.99 total! I used up about one bottle for each leg, front and back.

Measure around the thickest part of your thigh. Divide that number by 2, and cut out a piece of cardboard with that measurement as the width. The length of the cardboard depends on how long you want the melted "slime" to be.

Cover the cardboard with plastic wrap.

Put the cardboard inside your tights carefully. You will be painting on top of it.

Using the fabric paint, start out by drawing the outline of the melting.

Fill in all the empty spots.

To make the paint look neater, I cut up an old credit card and used it to smooth out the paint, kind of like frosting a cake.
After you are done with one side, let dry completely (4+ hours) before flipping it over to the other side.

Repeat with the other leg. After all of the paint dries, carefully take the cardboard out. Some of the plastic wrap may stick onto the tights, but you can peel it off. I would recommend waiting 72 hours before washing the tights.

This whole process will take you a day or more, but it's worth it! See how they turned out:

Thanks for reading my tutorial, and good luck if you try it! Check out lots of my other DIY and refashion projects here on my Cut Out + Keep. Also, subscribe to my blog if you want more awesome DIY tutorials ;)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Moon Phase Tights DIY

Original Inspiration

Inspired by Actual Pain's Lunatics Leggings. Here's how I made mine for free:

  • Dark colored tights or leggings
  • White acrylic/fabric paint
  • Sponge
  • Newspapers

Print out a moon phases template, or draw your own. I have attached one on my Cut Out + Keep tutorial (below the difficulty bar); click to follow the link.

Cut out parts of the shapes to make stencils.

Fold a sheet of newspaper into thirds or fourths. This will go inside your tights/leggings.

If you want, try on your tights and mark the knees with tailor's chalk so you know where to position your stencils. Lay out some newspaper for your workspace. Then, put the newspaper you folded into the legs of the tights so that they lie flat.

Choose a moon phase and lay the stencil over your tights. Dip the sponge in the paint and dab the paint on the tights; this will create a realistic moon-like appearance.

Using the same stencil, repeat on the other leg.

Repeat with the other moon phase stencils.

When you are done, let it dry completely. Then, you can take the newspaper out.
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